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Press Release No. 03/186
November 7, 2003
International Monetary Fund
700 19th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20431 USA

The Republic of Armenia Subscribes to the IMF's Special Data Dissemination Standard

On November 7, the Republic of Armenia became the 54th subscriber to the International Monetary Fund's Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS), marking a major step forward in the development of the country's statistical system. The Armenian authorities view subscription as the culmination of many initiatives on the statistical front. The Republic of Armenia is the third country of the Commonwealth of Independent States to subscribe to the SDDS. The Republic of Armenia was among the first group of countries who participated in the IMF's General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) to have metadata posted to the IMF's Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board (DSBB), serving as an example for other countries in the region. On this occasion the Republic of Armenia is the second country to move from the GDDS to SDDS subscription, again providing an example to be followed by GDDS participants.

The SDDS, established by the IMF in March 1996, is intended to guide members in the provision of their economic and financial data to the public. Subscription to the SDDS is expected to enhance the availability of timely and comprehensive statistics and thereby contribute to the pursuit of sound macroeconomic policies and the improved functioning of financial markets. The SDDS identifies four dimensions of data dissemination—the data: coverage, periodicity, and timeliness; access by the public; the integrity of the disseminated data; and the quality of the disseminated data. Although subscription is voluntary, a subscribing member commits to observe the standard and to provide information (metadata) to the IMF about its data dissemination practices. This information is made publicly available on the IMF's DSBB http://dsbb.imf.org/Applications/web/dsbbhome/.

Since its independence in 1991, the Republic of Armenia has made a significant effort to bring its official statistics in line with international standards. This effort has been supported by technical assistance from the IMF, World Bank, and development cooperation agencies of a number of countries.

The DSBB now provides comprehensive documentation in English on the Republic of Armenia's statistical practices for SDDS data categories, hyperlinked to actual country data included in the mandatory National Summary Data Page maintained by the Armenian National Statistical Service.





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